Preview by: Jack Foley
JACK Nicholson still has what it takes to bring in the ladies,
His latest film, Somethings Gotta Give, about a 63-year-old
womaniser who becomes involved with a 55-year-old playwright (Diane
Keaton) against his better judgement, took top spot at the US
Box Office when it opened in December, knocking Tom Cruises
The Last Samurai off the
summit after just one week.
The romantic comedy earned a healthy $17m (£9.74m) during
its debut weekend, at a time when the majority of audiences were
being perceived as lying in wait for the Return
of the King.
Something's Gotta Give is directed by Nancy Meyers (What Women
Want), and co-stars Keanu Reeves, as a young doctor who falls
for Keaton, and Amanda Peet, as Nicholsons current girlfriend.
The film marks the first on-screen reunion for Nicholson and
Keaton since Reds, and has drawn considerable acclaim from critics
in America, who have hailed it as a genuinely funny comedy about
Both Nicholson and Keaton have landed Golden
Globe nominations for best actor and best actress in a musical
In other related trivia, Something's Gotta Give marks the fourth
time that Keaton has appeared in a movie written by Meyers, following
the two Father of the Bride movies and Baby Boom (which she starred
But this is Meyers' first produced project as a solo screenwriter,
after a 15-plus year career as half of a cowriting team, with
her husband, Charles Shyer (they've been separated since 1998).
His latest project since their separation was The Affair of the
Necklace, which Shyer directed and produced, and Meyers executive
The movie is due to open in the UK early in the New Year and,
from its trailer alone, looks to be great fun, with Nicholson
on terrific form.
Leading the tributes is CNN, which described it as sharp,
witty, and deep-down funny, Something's Gotta Give is one of the
best adult romantic comedies of the year - or the last few years,
for that matter.
The Chicago Sun-Times opined that Keaton and Nicholson
bring so much experience, knowledge and humor to their characters
that the film works in ways the screenplay might not have even
And the Hollywood Reporter found it to be a fluffy
but funny menopausal chick flick.
The Washington Post declared that the film Meyers
has fashioned is generally quite amusing, with a brilliant cast.
While the Philadelphia Inquirer noted that with
the likes of Nicholson, Keaton, Reeves and Peet - and a fleeting,
funny few minutes with McDormand - Something's Gotta Give is never
less than entertaining.
The New York Observer, meanwhile, referred to it as a
comedy of manners (and mannerisms) with two of the most
mannered movie stars of our time, Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson,
acting all over the place until you surrender with the ecstasy
of pure pleasure.
And Entertainment Weekly concluded its review by asking
but really, seriously, what woman wouldn't want to be Keaton,
all sexy, funny, tender, quick, and never more charismatic in
her animated access to her own feelings? And what man, of any
age, wouldn't want to be with her?
Even the New York Times raved, stating that Mr Nicholson
has the gentlemanly grace to step aside and let Ms. Keaton claim
the movie. She in turn brings out the best in everyone around
There was the odd negative notice, with LA Weekly referring
to it as no more than a coy wish list for all the women
who ever wanted to bring Jack Nicholson to heel.
But, in the main, the good notices, more than anything, helped
the film to the number one spot.
Hence, the Chicago Tribune rounds off this overview with
the following: "Nicholson, with his swagger and cunning,
and Keaton, with her nerves and off-kilter timing, show us why
the old-style romantic comedies worked and why they can work just
as well in an age of sexual candor."